When Judy Cariani was notified last June that PSE&G planned to replace natural gas lines in her Springfield neighborhood, she admits that she was skeptical.
Stop by the Sewaren 7 construction site in Woodbridge Township, New Jersey, and you’ll experience the hustle and bustle of a staggering volume of activity – massive machinery moving dirt, cement being poured, sparks flying from welders’ guns. On any given day, you will find between 450 and 500 skilled workers building what will soon be the most efficient, clean, state-of-the-art gas generation plant in the Garden State.
Detours are an inevitable byproduct of a critical project that’s gearing up again this spring. PSE&G is speeding up the replacement of its aging gas infrastructure, which means our crews will be in 139 towns digging in streets and replacing pipes this year alone.
It’s easy to take things we don’t see for granted – like the gas pipes in our home. I’m sure like many other homeowners, I never thought much about what was going on behind my walls. I had gas service, so everything was surely fine, right? I couldn’t have been more wrong.
You may have seen dramatic TV coverage of manhole covers popping off in the street and hurdling through the air. While rare in our service area, manhole covers sometimes become dislodged. The root cause varies; however, these incidents all have two ingredients: combustible fumes and an ignition source.
As days grow colder, many New Jersey families are relying on natural gas to keep their homes warm and comfortable.
Increasingly, in many parts of the U.S., we’re also turning to inexpensive, abundant natural gas to generate the electricity that powers our homes and businesses.
In New Jersey, we traditionally have relied on a diverse mix of fuel to generate electricity – about half our energy has come from nuclear, with the remaining split between natural gas and coal, and more recently a small but growing amount of solar (currently in the range of 4 percent) . Continue reading
There is a reason PSE&G’s territory cuts a swath across the most densely populated and developed cities in New Jersey. From the late 1800s to the mid-1900s, PSE&G laid thousands of miles of natural gas pipes to bring this new energy source to homes and businesses – fueling the growth of New Jersey’s cities and industry. At the time, the material of choice was cast iron, and later unprotected steel. While the majority of these pipes have served us well all these decades since, it’s time to modernize our system for the next generation of growth.
Ask Jane Campion what she remembers about last winter and one thing immediately comes to mind. “The weather was absolutely frigid. I didn’t even want to leave the house,” said Jane, who lives in Bayonne with her husband, Jack, both retired teachers.